Browser: Sam Phillips, David Bazan, Robert Shiller, economic bubbles, Bono on Easter, and Jim Jarmusch

I’m so busy editing the next strand of The Auralia Thread, Raven’s Ladder, and composing new articles for Image and Christianity Today that I’m flat out of time to blog anything substantial. So here’s a rundown of links that caught my attention over the last few days…
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Jeffrey Overstreet has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.

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    Well, he wasn’t saying fridges are evil. He was questioning whether “every living soul” should have both a fridge and an SUV.

    Considering the massive amounts of money made by U2 that is sent swiftly on to charity, I’m happy to support Bono and his sizable family by allowing them a fridge.

  • Adam Walter

    In his Easter piece, Bono writes: “Commerce has been overheating markets and climates … the sooty skies of the industrial revolution have changed scale and location, but now melt ice caps and make the seas boil in the time of technological revolution. Capitalism is on trial; globalization is, once again, in the dock. We used to say that all we wanted for the rest of the world was what we had for ourselves. Then we found out that if every living soul on the planet had a fridge and a house and an S.U.V., we would choke on our own exhaust.”

    I agree with some of this, but I always have trouble taking such words from a wealthy celebrity, no matter how charitable he is. He seems to imply that the planet cannot survive if everyone has a fridge and a house and an SUV (are we really at the point were everyone might actually own a SUV?), but I wonder how many homes he has, and how many vehicles. Not long ago I read something by Michael Crichton where he labeled this kind of thinking the “I got mine, but you can’t have yours” position.


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